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Media Alert: West Virginia Press Association’s annual advertising and editorial newspaper contest deadline is extended to Sunday, April 11

Contest information and rules are included

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Understanding the challenges for newspaper staff members across West Virginia who are working to gathering their best work for submission to the West Virginia Press Association’s annual editorial and advertising competitions, the submission deadline has been extended 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 11.

WVPA Contest Coordinator Don Smith said the extension will help most newspaper staffs.

“The submission period of the WVPA’s annual newspaper contest opened in February,” Smith said, “but we know everyone is extremely busy. We think this extra week with help.”

The 2021 Association Code has been emailed to publishers, editors and advertising directors this afternoon.

Once they receive Association Code, publishers, editors, advertising directors and newspaper staffers can visit the “ACES” contest site to submit entries for the 2021 contest. The contest includes news coverage from 2020.

ACES:  http://www.newspapercontest.com/Contests/WestVirginiaPressAssociation.aspx

The 2021 Association Code will be emailed to publishers, editors and advertising directors this afternoon.

The rules and category descriptions for advertising and editorial contests — along with instructions on how to enter — are attached to this article and have also been emailed.

The deadline to submit entries is Sunday, April 11

For 2021, West Virginia Press adjusted the contest’s circulation divisions. Divisions are based on the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Qualified Newspaper circulation numbers.

Newspapers must compete in the judging against others in their circulation division:

— Division I: Dailies over 9,001 and over

— Division II: Dailies 9,000 and under

— Division III: Weeklies 3,001 and over

— Division IV: Weeklies 3,000 and under

Smith said five new categories are included in the contest packet:

Advertising:

BEST COVID-19 RELATED ADVERTISING

BEST ONLINE AD CAMPAIGN

Editorial:

BEST COVID-19 COVERAGE

BEST VIDEO

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER

Anyone with questions can contact Smith at [email protected] or 304-342-1011.

Online entries are preferred — include URLs and Paywall information —  but any entry that must be mailed, should be sent to 3422 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston, WV 25302

Contest rules packages are below by link and download:

WV Press Contest Instructions

WV Press Advertising Rules

WV Press Editorial Rules

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